Staff Pick

Are you looking to take a deep dive; to be immersed completely and thoroughly in a fictional world? Look no further than Monstress, written by Marjorie Liu with artwork by Sana Takeda. Set in a realm ruled by magics and science, this epic tale begins a few years after a disastrous war between humans and their bitter enemies, the Arcanics. Caught in between is Maika Halfwolf, an Arcanic with a shadowy past and power, who is on a quest to understand who she is and where she comes from. The answers may determine the fate of this realm. Beautifully written by Liu, this is a story that explores the boundaries of fear and discrimination while also giving you a sense that there is much left to be uncovered.

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
ISBN: 9781632157096
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

Staff Pick

This is a book to read and re-read.In Tom Gauld’s Mooncop space may be the final frontier but the moon certainly isn’t. In fact the prospects on the lunar colony are so dismal that the inhabitants are literally packing up shop and returning to Earth. As you can imagine this leaves our hero Mooncop with not a lot to do. But, like the ancient lineage of heroes before him, he persists! He goes about his day, fulfilling his responsibilities as best he can, while the agents of progress not so much close in around him as just up and leave. This is a quietly hilarious story about a man who didn’t mean to be left behind but who keeps clocking in at work anyway because hey, what else are you going to do? If you’re looking to have a laugh at the absurdity of it all, then Mooncop, with its perfect artwork to match, is for you. 

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ISBN: 9781770462540
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

Staff Pick

The basic premise will be familiar to readers and movie-goers the world over: a band of disparate characters comes together, overcomes long odds to find common cause, and sets off on epic adventures to achieve greatness as a unified force. From The Lord of the Rings to The Magnificent Seven and The Guardians of the Galaxy, this trope has been used with great effect. The story Ben MacIntyre tells in Rogue Heroes (Crown, $28) is just such a tale but with an added enticement: it is all completely true. MacIntyre expertly charts a pulse-raising narrative about the formation of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), a now legendary special operations unit, during World War II. Filled with striking characters like SAS-founder David Stirling, a man once described as being “quite, quite irresponsible,” to Jock Lewes, Stirling’s second recruit and someone who struck his peers as resembling a warrior from a bygone era, the heroism and shortcomings of this group are as amazing and astonishing as those in any fictional thriller. On their very first mission, for example, SAS recruits had to parachute behind enemy lines, during a gale-force storm—with essentially zero parachuting experience. As SAS Sergeant Jim Almonds wrote, “reality beats fiction for sheer, cold, calculating courage. Films and books of adventure fall far short of the real thing.”

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101904183
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Broadway Books - August 29th, 2017